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Monet in Paris

This stunning new multi-sensory exhibition dedicated to Claude Monet and his contemporaries is making its world premiere in Brisbane.
By Sarah Ward
March 23, 2023
By Sarah Ward
March 23, 2023

UPDATE, August 8, 2023: Until the end of Monet in Paris' Brisbane run, with the exhibition wrapping up on Sunday, August 27, Concrete Playground readers can score 20-percent off tickets.


When you've ushered the world into Vincent van Gogh's work — getting them not just peering at it but stepping through it thanks to an immersive 360-degree experience — what comes next? For the folks at Melbourne-based Grande Exhibitions, it's now Claude Monet and his impressionist peers' turn. Hot on the heels of Van Gogh Alive touring the country, and even hitting up some cities multiple times, Monet in Paris is set to dazzle from winter 2023.

This exhibition will enjoy its world premiere in Brisbane, hitting Northshore Hamilton from Thursday, June 8–Sunday, August 27. The River City stint is being hailed as the showcase's global debut, after which it will tour Australia.

Art lovers can look forward to wandering around the 2500-square-metre Grand Palais, a marquee custom-designed by Australian theatre designer Anna Cordingley, with the venue set to feature six breakout spaces, a cafe, multiple bars and a gift shop. Of course, it's Monet and his pals' creations that's the big drawcard. Featuring Monet's Water Lilies, getting attendees dancing with Edgar Degas' ballerinas and just whisking visitors into 19th-century Paris' bohemian vibe — with detours to the French countryside — there'll be plenty to see.

Fans of Van Gogh Alive know how it works from there, with iconic paintings projected large — pieces not just by Monet and Degas, but also from Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt and more. Once again, that means using Grande Experiences' state-of-the-art technology, which is behind those beamed images. And, there'll also be a classical score soundtracking the experience.

Images: Grande Experiences. Updated August 8.

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